Warm Autumn spices come together easily in this homemade Apple Pie Spice recipe. It’s the perfect embodiment of the holiday season. Skip the store bought version this year and make your own apple pie spice mix for all of your holiday baking needs.
Making your own spice mix is so easy and cheap, stop forking out your hard earned dollars for the store bought stuff. You may already have all the ingredients you need to make this apple pie spice at home.
You can probably buy apple pie spice year round online, but I noticed that they aren’t always available in the local grocery store. My guess is they only stock them during the holiday season. So, one more advantage to making your own apple pie spice is that you can make apple pie well before all the holiday festivities start!
How to make Apple Pie Spice
What is in apple pie spice?
The most typical ingredients in apple pie spice are:
These ingredients can be found in both McCormick brand and King Arthur brand apple pie spice, the two most common brands for this spice mix.
Other ingredients that can be found in a homemade apple spice mix are:
- Ginger – adds a sweet and woody note
- Cardamom – adds a little brightness and extra complexity
There is just one simple step in making your own apple pie spice.
- Whisk together all ingredients in a bowl and store in an airtight jar. Or add them to a spice jar, close the lid and shake until thoroughly mixed.
What is the difference between pumpkin pie spice and apple pie spice?
Both of these spice mixes have cinnamon as the main ingredient. But the second most prominent ingredient in pumpkin pie spice is ginger — which gives it a sweet and woody characteristic — whereas the second most prominent ingredient in apple pie spice is nutmeg — which gives it a sharper, more astringent note.
What can be used in place of apple pie spice?
If you don’t have or don’t want to buy an entire jar of apple pie spice, because you may not use it all up with just a few baking projects this holiday season, considering mixing your own apple pie spice substitute using this recipe.
If you don’t have all of the ground spices called for in this recipe, I suggest using a mix of at least cinnamon and nutmeg or cinnamon and allspice as substitute.
How to use apple pie spice?
Besides using apple pie spice in Apple Pie, you can use it in a variety of recipes this holiday season:
- Use it to flavor Apple Butter if you have extra apples sitting around
- Make an apple pie filling for Apple Hand Pies
- Spice up this Pear Pie with it
- Sprinkle it over Homemade Hot Chocolate
If you make this recipe, please let me know! Leave a comment, send me a photo, rate it and don’t forget to tag me @wildwildwhisk on Instagram. I’d love to see what’s cooking up in your kitchen. Cheers!
Apple Pie Spice
- 3 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ rounded teaspoon nutmeg
- ¼ rounded teaspoon cardamom
- ¼ teaspoon ginger
- ⅛ teaspoon allspice
- Add all ingredients in a small bowl and whisk to distribute evenly. Store in an airtight container.
- Rounded teaspoon means don't level off your teaspoon measurement and allow the spices to make a little dome.
- This small batch recipe makes about 4 teaspoons of apple pie spice, but can be scaled up very easily to make a larger batch.
This post was originally published on 11/5/2018. It has been updated and republished on 11/12/2019.